Aside from the highly controversial UFC 229 post-fight brawl, one of the most shocking moments of the main event was Khabib Nurmagomedov dropping Conor McGregor with a crushing right hand in the second round.
McGregor who, prior to UFC 229 had never been dropped, was floored by Khabib but recovered instantly. The narrative going into the fight was that McGregor would have a clear advantage on the feet, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday night.
Speaking to Joe Rogan in a recent interview, SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh said ‘The Notorious’ was ‘very disappointed’ that he got caught with such a wild, looping right hand by his opponent.
“He (Conor) hates technical mistakes. So that right hand, you know… he was very disappointed he got caught with a shot like that,” Kavanagh said on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, per BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor. “But it is actually funny, I was just thinking about this, you know that right hand, if you showed it to a boxing coach he would say ‘That’s horrible. Your head is down and you’re swinging’. But again, I don’t really care about people’s opinions on things. I just care about the strikes effectiveness. It was a damn effective technique. You know it’s one of the hardest clean shots Conor has been caught with in his MMA career.”
McGregor, who is considered one of the most technical and gifted boxers in MMA, was unable to mount any significant offense against Nurmagomedov and was dominated for the majority of the contest. The Irishman had moments of success in the third round but was eventually submitted by a neck crank in the fourth, which marked McGregor’s second submission loss in the UFC.
McGregor has called for an immediate rematch with Nurmagomedov, telling fans on social media that he ‘lost the match but won the battle.’